The South African cricket team is all set to take on Australia in Semi-Final 2 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on Thursday, November 16 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The winner will take on India in the final on Sunday, November 19 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
South Africa finished the group stages with 14 points from nine matches. They defeated Afghanistan in their final league-stage match. Meanwhile, Australia also finished with 14 points from nine matches. They are on a seven-match winning streak heading into the second semi-final. In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the Australia vs South Africa, semi-final match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for AUS vs SA
Quinton de Kock vs Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood has a terrific record against Quinton de Kock in One-Day Internationals. He has dismissed the batter seven times in the format. Quinton de Kock has scored 124 runs against the pacer at a strike rate of 75.6. He has to overcome the Hazlewood hurdle in the upcoming game. So far, the South African batter has scored 591 runs at an average of 65.66, including four centuries. On the other hand, Hazlewood has taken 12 wickets in nine matches.
David Warner vs Lungi Ngidi
Australian opener David Warner will be up against Lungi Ngidi in the upcoming match. He has been dismissed four times in five One-Day International matches. He has scored only 24 runs against him at an average of 6. So far in the tournament, Warner has scored 499 runs at an average of 55.44 with two centuries and as many fifties. Meanwhile, Lungi Ngidi has taken 10 wickets in eight matches.
David Miller vs Pat Cummins
The contest between David Miller and Pat Cummins will be an interesting one to watch. Miller has been twice by the pacer in One-Day International cricket, conceding 101 runs at a strike rate of 113.5. The South African batter has slammed eleven boundaries and two sixes against him. Talking about their performance in the tournament, Cummins has taken 10 wickets in nine games, while Miller has scored 255 runs at an average of 36.42, including a fifty.